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70 Faces Book Tour, part 1: March in Massachusetts

The 70 Faces book tour kicks off in mid-March! I know March is a ways away, but I'm excited and wanted to share the news. Put these events on your calendar if you're in or near any of these spots! Here are the confirmed dates for March, all in my home state. (I'm exploring the possibility of events in neighboring states, and have lined up a few in south Texas for later this year -- stay tuned for intel on those.)

In Boston / eastern Massachusetts:

  • "Lunch and Learn" reading/discussion after services at Bnai Or, the Jewish Renewal congregation of Boston, March 12 (after services - noonish.) Some poems will be featured during the service as well. All are welcome to attend the service (which will be accessible & engaging) or just to come for the lunch-and-learn; if you can, please let me know if you're planning to come so I can let them know roughly how many visitors to expect! And bring a bag lunch. Andover Newton Theological School, 210 Herrick Road, Newton Centre. (Directions.)

    Because this event is on Shabbat, and many Jews do not carry money or engage in financial transactions on Shabbat, I won't be able to sell books there. If you're coming to that event, you're welcome to either order your own copy in advance & bring it with you, or I may post a sign-up sheet here and ask those who want copies to Paypal me the money in advance so I can simply deliver your copy at Bnai Or.

  • Reading/signing in the parlor of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, sponsored by the Jewish Connections group, March 13, 2:30pm. 630 Mass Ave, Arlington Center. (Parking is on the other side of Mass Ave in municipal parking lots -- both directly across Mass Ave and diagonally across the Arlington Center intersection, with an entrance on Route 60/Mystic Street. Parking is free on Sundays.)

In Berkshire / western Massachusetts:

  • Reading/signing at Congregation Beth Israel, March 16, 7pm. (Books provided by Papyri Books.) I'll read from the book and to talk about poetry, midrash, and finding a mirror for our own lives and spiritual experience in Torah. 53 Lois Street, North Adams.

  • Lunchtime reading at Knesset Israel synagogue, March 21 (presented as part of Jewish Federation of the Berkshires' celebration of Women's History Month). 16 Colt Road Pittsfield, MA 01201.

  • Torah Poems Writing Workshop at the North Adams Public Library, March 24 (part of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers). 74 Church Street, North Adams. Activate your inner poet with the skilled guidance of Rabbi Rachel Barenblat, author of Seventy Faces: Torah Poems (2011) and award-winning blogger. Together we'll work through guided writing exercises which will help you use a selection of evocative Torah texts as the springboard for your creativity. Experienced poets and beginners alike will delight in this opportunity to encounter world-class poetry on Torah themes and master new approaches to exploring Torah through the poet's art.To sign up, contact the library during the month of March.